We peeked in Paige Morse’s house in 2011, but for this interior stylist, art director and prop and wardrobe stylist, her home is never really done. So in the last three years, she’s made quite a lot of changes. (You can compare the home’s different looks here.) When Paige bought this one-hundred-year-old home in Dallas, Texas back in 2009, it was considered uninhabitable. So in order to get a mortgage, she had to design all the renovations herself, source the materials and then find a contractor to complete all the work – all within thirty days. The home didn’t even have a kitchen, so Paige put in a kitchen and added a second bath and laundry where two closets had been. She wanted to keep the original feel of the home so she did research on period appropriate fixtures and details for craftsman bungalows. She chose a classic neutral palette for the walls and permanent fixtures to complement the saturated color and texture that she brings in with art and furniture – such as the blue velvet that she used to recover her hand-me-down sofa. Paige says that she wants her home to be a true reflection of her personality and lifestyle. Because she spends so much time executing other people’s visions – whether on a set or designing another home – she wanted the space that she created for herself to be the truest representation of her own personal style and point of view. –Amy
Photography by Lauren Logan
Image above: “My living room is more like a formal sitting room or conversation room. My favorite piece of art is prominently featured here. It is a painting of the Southern California ocean by a local California artist. It has lots of little rips and scratches on the canvas and the frame is falling apart in sections, but I love it exactly as it is and would never have it mended or repaired. It was one of those kismet discoveries of pieces. I had just gotten off a plane from a trip to Laguna Beach and my brother picked me up at the airport. We went home to drop off my bags and decided to make a cup of coffee and go for a walk. When we stepped outside his house his neighbor was having a yard sale and this beauty was there and priced at five dollars. I had no cash but had to have it, so my brother bought it for me along with some other gems and we carried them back home. Every time I look at it I am reminded of so many happy memories of my trip there and my thoughtful brother.”
Image above: “This little desk area is situated in my mud room. The desk and chair are vintage and handed down from my sweet grandmother. I like to create little vignettes throughout my home to showcase my most treasured items. And all the foreign currency was from my travels and when my airbnb guests noticed I had taped it to the walls, they started to add to it from their home countries as well. Foreign currency makes such beautiful art and it is one of my favorite collections to date. Mostly because it was gifted by people who enjoyed it as much as I did.”
See more of this textile-filled home after the jump!
Image above: “This is one of the most talked about pieces in my home when people visit. It is a small settee made from vintage kilim rugs. The details are insane. Can you see all those little tassels at the bottom? The throw was brought back from my travels in Mexico and the pillows are made from vintage wedding cloths from India. I love every little detail about this corner of the room.”
Image above: “I love creating little vignettes throughout my home and incorporating nature and natural shapes. The blue and white ceramic pot and tiny wicker basket were purchased by my mom while she was on her honeymoon in Mexico with my dad. And now I have them in my home. Doesn’t get much better than that. For me, this is such a treasured piece. And all the feathers I place in pottery were collected over past years at my parents’ ranch near Austin. I love pieces with history that remind me of my family and all the places we have been and where we call home.”
Image above: “My house is an old bungalow so the rooms aren’t large, but it has surprisingly high ceilings. I decided to take advantage of this by raising the curtain height and playing with scale by adding a large chandelier and an oversized coffee table to a room that is actually quite small. The oversized furniture and chandelier actually make the room feel much larger (design rules be damned!). And I love having lots of seating. The vintage leather chairs came from my grandfather’s old office and are matched with pillows from my travels. I wanted burlap curtains for neutral color and a natural element and texture so my mother made them by hand for me.”
Image above: “My house is so filled with color, sometimes I need a little reprieve. So I knew black would be the perfect backdrop for my bedroom. This room signifies total teenage rebellion to me. I have been decorating my rooms with my mom since I was teeny tiny, she has always encouraged me to be creative. And as cool as she was with so many (odd) decorating choices I made as a child she absolutely drew the line at an all-black painted bedroom. And I wanted one SO badly, and that is why I have one now. This is pretty much my version of simple, because I usually prefer a lot more pattern and color. But if you look closely, it’s all still there. Just subtle and quiet versions of my favorites.”
Image above: “Because the bedroom is so dark I wanted really light and soft bedding and accessories. It really makes the bed stand out in the room instead of blend into the walls. I love feathers, and find them wherever I go. So I really wanted one of the beautiful JuJu ceremonial hats that are worn by the Cameroon people. To me, it is a work of art (the back and how it is constructed is just as fascinating to look at as the front). In researching beautiful objects like these, I learn so much about other cultures and the rituals, practices and way of life. It gives me such a sense of respect for the artists who make all these beautiful pieces by hand and the history that this piece holds. I really like to play with pattern and texture so I mixed vintage pillows and blankets from my travels or that were sourced in other countries online with new pillows and a blanket I bought close to home. And I love that smokey grey velvet headboard, I really wanted something soft behind my head at night and I love the way velvet shines in the light. And it makes me happy that it was a Craigslist find. I am a major supporter of high/low decorating. It really creates a layered mix of pieces in a home, and makes having beautiful things more accessible. But I really love the thrill of finding a good deal!”
Image above: “This is one of my favorite rooms in my home. A lot of people probably don’t want to look at details of insects while eating dinner. Luckily, I am not one of those people. I love insects and nature and can’t get enough – even at the dining table. I am also a chair addict (obviously), so I used the wishbone and two of my grandmother’s vintage chairs at the table for everyday use. I then lined the walls with others for when company comes over and we add the leaf to the dining table. There are ample places to sit at my home.”
Image above: “I wanted a kitchen that felt appropriate to the period of the house so I replicated my grandmother’s kitchen from my childhood. White subway tile (you can never go wrong with white subway tile), hexagon white tiles for the counters and bull nose tile in black for the edges. My mother made the skirt over the trash bin out of vintage ticking fabric.”
Image above: “The most important component to make the kitchen feel true to its time was having a cast iron sink and a wall-mounted faucet. Just like my grandmother had.”
Image above: “I am a textile fanatic. This is the room in my house where I really just let them all do their thing. A Suzani on the wall and pillows from my travels cover a sofa I draped in a large canvas drop cloth and then let everything else collect on top.”
Image above: “Theses pillows with all their pattern and texture seriously blow my mind. I found them in Chiapas, Mexico last year. I loved everything I saw there so much I had to buy an extra suitcase to get it all home.”
Image above: “You will find little collections and vignettes of things all over my house. I can’t walk by something without shifting things around. A ball of twine, old glass bottles, succulents, and plants and leaves that are way past their prime are always on display.”
- Hand-me-down sofa from my mom recovered in blue velvet.
- Light fixture from World Market
- Pillows are vintage Kuba and kantha cloth, purchased from my time as Associate Creative Director at Wisteria.
- Paint is Grey Matters by Sherwin Williams
- The California print was purchased on Etsy, a gift from my sister to commemorate all the time I spend there.
- The globe and vintage metal stand are also vintage.
- The Edison lamp is from West Elm.
- The side table was made by my friends digiovanni + kozel who make amazing custom furniture in Austin.
- The backpack is from Herschel.
- Throw brought back from my travels in Mexico
- Chair from my grandmother
- Settee old Wisteria
- World Market chandelier
- Wisteria coffee table
- Headboard Craigslist
- Juju hat Etsy
- Pillows from West Elm
- Front kilim pillow from the Rosebowl
- Moroccan blanket Etsy
- Moroccan rug from Domino Magazine
- Throw purchased in Mexico.
- Light fixture Ballards
- Rug Wisteria
- Chairs vintage from my grandmother
- Wishbone from Wisteria
- Art from Wisteria warehouse sale
- Peacock chair from Craigslist
- white fur throw from IKEA.
- Recently repainted my whole house in Grey Matters (because it does) by Benjamin Moore
- Boho Moroccan rug from Nannie Inez in Austin
- Swiss Coffee Paint by Benjamin Moore for the cabinets
- Taran window cover vintage
- white and black enamel wear vintage
- macramé plant holder from Etsy
- Coffee table West Elm
- Vintage kantha cloths
- Pillows from my travels and Etsy
- Suzani from Time and Again in Dallas
- Drop cloth from Home Depot
- green velvet pillow with tassels Anthropologie.